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Loyola dominates Kansas State to reach Final Four

Loyola dominates Kansas State to reach Final Four

Loyola will head to the Final Four as an underdog, of course, and if it faces either Duke or Villanova or Kansas in the title game, it'll probably be a heavy underdog in that one.

Loyola is headed to the Final Four as an 11 seed.

With tonight's win, the Ramblers advance to the Final 4 game on Saturday in San Antonio, where Loyola will take on the University of MI. Loyola-Chicago became the fourth No. 11 seed in NCAA tournament history to earn a Final Four berth, beating No. 9 seed Kansas State 78-62 in the South Regional championship game.

Well, Cinderella is going to keep dancing a little bit longer in this year's NCAA Tournament.

Loyola (32-5) led by 23 points midway through the second half and took the lead for good at 7-5 when Ben Richardson, who scored a career-high 23 points, made his first of six 3-pointers. The Ramblers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 40.0 shooting from beyond the arc.

"I was in a rhythm, and they were finding me and so I just kept taking shots", Richardson said. "Earlier in the game, that's when I was upset that they were celebrating".

With Loyola-Chicago holding a 23-point lead with less than 10 minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats found themselves on a 10-0 run late.

LOS ANGELES - Using a 9-0 run late in the game, third-seeded MI won the West Region on Saturday night with a 58-54 decision over ninth-seeded Florida State at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"They were tougher than us from the get-go", Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "They are really disciplined".

"Kansas State played more of a five-man who doesn't venture off into the unknown and to the 3-point line", Krutwig said. MI used a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half to create some separation from the Seminoles and held off a late Florida State charge after taking a 54-44 lead with just 2:26 left in regulation. "The matchups against Nevada just weren't there for me". Their next opponent will be the Michigan Wolverines, who have not lost a game since February 6 at Northwestern (13 straight). It was not enough of a momentum shifter for Kansas State to find victory. It's Michigan's first Final Four appearance since 2013.

"[Kansas State] came out really noisy on defense", Moser said. We had no answer for them.

"I think they knew right away that our defense was dictating our offense, and just the confidence was just growing, moving and spacing the ball, because they knew they were getting stops".

Unlike the other mid-major 11 seeds that made the Final Four (particularly George Mason in 2006 and Virginia Commonwealth in 2011), this Loyola team looks particularly unsafe.


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